Mental health startups are raising spirits and venture capital

A spate of startups focused on mental health recently made enough noise as a group that they caught the eye of the Equity podcast crew. Sadly, the segment we’d planned to discuss this topic was swept away by a blizzard of IPO filings that piled up like fresh snow. But in preparation, I reached out […]

VCs reload ahead of the election as unicorns power ahead

This is The TechCrunch Exchange, a newsletter that goes out on Saturdays, based on the column of the same name. You can sign up for the email here. It was an active week in the technology world broadly, with big news from Facebook and Twitter and Apple. But past the headline-grabbing noise, there was a […]

When was the last time you worked out your soul?

Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch’s venture capital-focused podcast (now on Twitter!), where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines. The whole crew was back today, with Natasha and Danny and I gathered to parse over what was really a blast of news. Lots of startups are raising. Lots of VCs are raising. And some […]

News that Calm seeks more funding at a higher valuation is not transcendental thinking

Earlier this week, Bloomberg reported that meditation app Calm is looking into raising $150 million more at a valuation of around $2.2 billion, more than double its last private price. This should not surprise. Calm has raised capital at high prices before, including its 2018 Series A that valued the startup at more than a quarter […]

Funding for mental health-focused startups rises in 2020

Turning away from the public markets, IPOs, SPACs and Palantir for a moment, would you like to talk about startups again? I would. This morning, I pored over venture capital funding patterns for wellness-focused startups. Broadly, according to a new report, these startups raised less money in the first half of 2020 than they did […]

Hypnosis for health? Investors have placed a $1.1 million bet on Mindset Health that it can work

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Where top VCs are investing in D2C

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Define and manage growth on your own terms

Tim Hsia & Neil Devani Contributor More posts by this contributor The first hires are the hardest Getting press for your startup: the true role of communications Welcome to this edition of The Operators, a recurring Extra Crunch column, podcast, and YouTube show that brings you insights and information from inside top tech companies. Our […]

Cracking the code on podcast advertising for customer acquisition

Krystina Rubino & Lindsay Piper Shaw Contributor Krystina Rubino is a marketing executive who leads the offline growth marketing practice at Right Side Up. Lindsay Piper Shaw is an advertising strategist and growth marketer currently consulting on podcast and offline advertising at Right Side Up. Of the various channels available to growth marketers, podcast is […]

TC’s Greg Epstein and Kate Clark talk mental health startups and the ‘Cult of the Founder’

TechCrunch ethics columnist and its VC reporter dive into this week’s tech ethics news Greg Epstein Kate Clark 8 hours Some weeks, tech ethics is in the news. And some weeks, it IS the news. This week was one of the latter, There were so many ethically fraught news stories about technology companies over these […]